There’s no job se­cu­rity for foot­ball coaches, says new Chippa men­tor

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - SPORT - MINENHLE MKHIZE

EVEN in the world of foot­ball where coaches seem no more use­ful than dis­pos­able razors, any­one who will­ingly signs up to lead Chippa United is viewed some­what suspiciously.

“Does he know what he’s get­ting him­self into?” the soc­cer fra­ter­nity asks, some go­ing to the ex­tent of sug­gest­ing such a coach “needs to have his head ex­am­ined”.

Only if you are a Roger Sikhakhane or a Dan Male­sela will your tak­ing up the Chilli Boys’ head coach po­si­tion be un­der­stood – the two men hav­ing had so many stints at the club they are con­sid­ered im­mune to the boss’ crazy whims.

But then again all of us would rather take up a job that comes with the pro­viso ‘you could be fired any­time’ than be swelling the ranks of the un­em­ployed, right?

No doubt this is why Eric Tin­kler ac­cepted the PSL’s most volatile coach­ing job this week af­ter the club cut ties with Male­sela for the umpteenth time, a mere three matches into the new sea­son.

The for­mer Pi­rates, Cape Town City and Su­perS­port coach ad­mit­ted he knows ex­actly what he is get­ting him­self in to.

“If you are a coach there’s no job se­cu­rity. You are judged on re­sults; you are judged on your last three points. I’m not wor­ried. I know I can be fired to­day, to­mor­row, next month or af­ter four years. It is in­evitable. Those are the pres­sures that comes with this job.”

Given a one-year con­tract, bets are al­ready in place as to whether he will get to the end of it.

Last sea­son, his for­mer as­sis­tant at Pi­rates Te­boho Moloi waxed lyri­cal about his re­la­tion­ship with boss Chippa Mpen­gesi, and how he to­tally “got him”, so we all ex­pected him to buck the trend and stay the course.

No sooner had the ink on that ar­ti­cle dried than Moloi was fired, to be re­placed by Vladislav Heric whose ten­ure was as short as the club’s name – Chippa.

That a coach as mel­low as Man­qoba Mngqithi lasted a mere two matches at the East­ern Cape club should tell Tin­kler – renowned for his steely, no-non­sense char­ac­ter – that he’s lit­er­ally jump­ing into the fire.

“I’m not wor­ried. We have a good squad. I’m hun­gry and I want to suc­ceed. My first ob­jec­tive is to take the team away from the bot­tom of the log. If we can do that, I be­lieve our squad has the po­ten­tial to fin­ish in the top eight,” Tin­kler ex­plained.

It is a song all of his pre­de­ces­sors sung and even those who man­aged to achieve their tar­gets and ob­jec­tives were not spared. “Suc­cess doesn’t hap­pen overnight though. It takes a lot of hard work and pa­tience. Ev­ery­one at the club must take re­spon­si­bil­ity, from play­ers, tech­ni­cal staff to the man­age­ment,” said Tin­kler.

“I still need to have more train­ing ses­sions to un­der­stand my play­ers bet­ter. We have tal­ent, abil­ity and ex­pe­ri­ence.”

That might be, but what Tin­kler def­i­nitely does not have is time – the fact he signed a one-year con­tract not­with­stand­ing.

ERIC TIN­KLER

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